Ways you can get involved
Fundraising and donations are essential for our charities survival. Our volunteers visit people without any financial support and service users are not required to pay for the service. A donation, no matter how small, can make a huge difference – please see “Donations”.
We also have a dedicated team of staff and supporters who are constantly undertaking innovative and exciting fundraising projects.
These range from Charity runs, afternoon teas, bungee jumps, raffles and charity bric-a-brac stalls.
You can get involved in a number of ways – perhaps you want to do a 10k for the charity, perhaps or you want to ask wedding guests to donate in lieu of presents. Maybe you want to team up with a friend or two and enter our Accumulator Challenge? Or perhaps you have a lust for adventure and would like to skydive or dragon boat race for us. We have had people take part in all of these things for us before so can help you with the process – just drop us a line and we can talk through how to go about things firstname.lastname@example.org
IT’S BACK! On 1st April 2017 we launched our first ever Accumulator Challenge, 10 teams signed up and each team was given £50 start up funds to turn into as much money as possible. We saw some incredible fundraising take place, including wine tasting evenings, moon-light mountain climbs, jumble trails and jar bolas, to name a few! Teams were all made from very different groups including corporate groups, Women’s Institute teams, self-made teams of friends and volunteers, all had a shared goal of raising as much cash as possible for Cyril Flint Befrienders! The challenge was a roaring success with the teams raising over £6000 in total! Special prizes were awarded in the following categories:
*Most Funds Raised – PHMG Music and Voice Team
* Most Innovative Idea – Small Group Angels
* Best Publicity Piece – Social Lites WI
Following on from last years’ great success, we are launching our next Accumulator Challenge which will run Monday 2nd April – Monday 1st October 2018. The aim of the Accumulator Challenge is to bring together local businesses, groups of friends and community groups in a bid to help raise funds to support the work the charity currently does in supporting the most vulnerable older people in the Greater Manchester and Salford communities. The rules will remain the same, with each team being given a £50 start up fund to turn into as much money as possible over a 6 month period. We’ll keep all teams posted on funds raised each month so you can see if you’re in line to be the winning team. We’ve got loads of fundraising ideas in our packs and can share with you all of the success stories from last year’s teams. Why not get a couple of friends/work colleagues together and form your very own team today and fundraise to end loneliness and isolation in older people?
For further details or to request an entry pack for 2018 please contact email@example.com
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Meet our 2017 fundraisers
Hannah’s Mount Kilimanjaro Climb
On 9th March 2017 Hannah, who is a volunteer befriender with us, is travelling to Tanzania to take on what she describes as the biggest challenge of her life, Mount Kilimanjaro! Standing at 5895m, Mount Kilimanjaro is the biggest free standing mountain in the world! Hannah is completing this huge personal challenge in memory of her beloved Nanna and Dad and is donating all sponsorship raised to Cyril Flint Befrienders. Hannah says ‘ I want to raise awareness and money for my chosen charity Cyril Flint Befrienders. This is a local Manchester based charity that is close to my own heart as I have volunteered with them for the past 2 and a half years.’
Georgia’s Manchester Run
Georgia, a Salford University student in her third year of BA Television and Radio has chosen to take part in the Manchester 10k on 28th May and raise funds for Cyril Flint Befrienders. Georgia says ‘I chose to do the Great Manchester Run 10k as a goal to set for myself (it will be the furthest I’ve ever ran). And more importantly I chose the Cyril Flint charity as I love the story behind it and I think it is massively important to take care of our loved ones, and those who don’t always have access to escape reality and have some fun for a little while.’ We wish Georgia the best of luck!
Our 2016 Fundraising Heroes
Zoe’s Fishing Fundraiser!
Zoe, an employee of The Human Support Group, competed in the Ladies National Angling Championships 2016. This was a full day, intensive competition and Zoe was delighted to have managed to rank at an impressive 10th place, (higher than some of the pros who were competing!) and raised an impressive £435 for Cyril Flint Befrienders Charity!
Cakes for Cyril
Our supporters down at HomeCare Support in Plymouth, who are keen to raise awareness of the growing issue of loneliness (and hopefully open a new branch of Cyril Flint Befrienders!) were busy fundraising for us in 2016, holding bake sales and raffles to raise over £300 for Cyril Flint Befrienders!
Darren, Gaige, Harley and Mark, employees at The Human Support Group, completed the Manchester 10k on Sunday 22nd May 2016. The team had varied experience of running and all saw the 10k as a big challenge. The whole team were pleased to have complete the race in under an hour! The team chose to donate their sponsorship money to Cyril Flint Befrienders and this came to a huge £1062!
Michelle’s Coast to Coast
In July 2016 Michelle completed her first ever coast to coast challenge. The route started on the West coast in Whitehaven and took Michelle through the Cumbrian Lake District and Northumberland before the last leg, travelling through County Durham, finishing at Tynemouth pier on the East coast of England. The route is approximately 222km (138 miles) and included around 4500 metres of climbing and descending. Michelle chose to donate al sponsorship to Cyril Flint Befrienders and raised an impressive £220!
Two teams took part in a muddy 5k obstacle run in July, braving the mud and mayhem to raise money for Cyril Flint Befrienders. After much slipping and sliding in the mud, (and lots of laughter from those who came to watch!) the grand total of their sponsorship came to £1150!
Lauren’s Salford 10k
Lauren, one of our dedicated volunteer befrienders, took on the Salford 10k run in 2016. Lauren spent several weeks training for the event and was pleased to have raised a great £150 sponsorship from her friends and family!